A 27-24 win at Coney Hill – Bideford’s first on the road this season - kept them a safe distance away from the bottom three.

Bideford had lost their previous two outings and needed any sort of win to stabilise the situation. A bonus-point win away from home was icing of their cake.

Bideford travelled a man short due to a late injury cry off and lost a car-load of players en-route, which meant kicking off 20 minutes late.

No one was more surprised than Bideford to shoot into a 14-0 lead thanks to tries by Tom Evans and George Snell, both converted by Ollie Wickett.

Wickett kicked a penalty and slipped in for a try of his own to make it 22-7 to Bideford at the break.

Bideford were caught dozing at the start of the second half and shipped two converted tries that let Coney Hill back into the game. When Coney Hill kicked a penalty for a 24-22 lead, the pressure was on Bideford.

The Torridgesiders kept plugging away despite losing Ollie Sanders to the sin bin.

Two minutes from time Will Copp saw a gap and went through it to score in the corner from long distance.

Bideford are back at King George V this Saturday for a meeting with Drybrook.